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000 NOUS41 KOKX 302347 CCA PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 311000- Public Information Statement...CORRECTED National Weather Service New York NY 747 PM EDT Sat May 30 2020 ...Heat and Air Quality Awareness... Heat: Heat is one of the leading weather related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Unfortunately, many of these fatalities are children and elderly people. Did you know, on average, 38 kids die each year by being left in a vehicle? 88 percent of which are under 3 years old, and 54 percent were forgotten by a caregiver. A heat wave is locally defined as three consecutive days where high temperatures are greater than or equal to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In New York City, the longest heatwave on record was 12 days. That type of heat combined with high humidity (reported as the Heat Index), creates conditions that make it hard for our bodies to cool themselves down through evaporation of perspiration. NWS New York issues Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings to alert you and the public of these conditions. Heat Advisory: Issued when Heat Index is forecast to reach 95 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 2 consecutive days or 100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit for any length of time. Excessive Heat Watch/Warning: Issued when Heat Index is forecast to reach or exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two consecutive hours. Watch is issued up to 48 hours in advance for when this potential exists, while a warning is issued up to 24 hours in advance when these conditions are expected. You can find a plethora of educational, safety, and preparedness resources at, www.weather.gov/nyc/ExcessiveHeat www.weather.gov/safety/heat www.weather.gov/summer2020-heat-sm Air Quality: The impacts of poor air quality on public health many times coincides with excessive heat. Over the past decade, more state and local agencies have begun air quality forecasting for their communities. Today, about 400 cities nationwide are issuing air quality alerts, with the benefit of the kind of high-powered national forecasting technology and guidance that supports local weather forecasts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a partnership to provide ozone, particulate matter, and other pollutant forecasts with enough accuracy and advance notice for people to take action to prevent or limit harmful effects from poor air quality. For those localities forecasting air quality, NOAA forecast guidance is currently provided to state and local agency forecasters, improving their ability to predict the onset, severity, and duration of poor air quality. In addition, NOAA provides comprehensive air quality predictions on airquality.weather.gov with hour by hour information about ozone, smoke from wildfires, and dust from dust storms for cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Use the air quality index, (AQI), and daily air quality forecasts to help you determine when you need to make changes. This index is a color coded scale that tells you who needs to take steps to reduce exposure to ozone or particle pollution. Local air quality forecasts are available at www.airnow.gov. For up to date air quality information, the AirNow mobile app is available to provide real-time air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day. This smartphone app includes location specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution. In addition, the EPA Enviroflash Tool provides air quality forecasts and action day notifications for participating communities via email. Enviroflash provides instant information that can be customized for each users needs. As part of the partnership between the National Weather Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Department of State as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are communicating this year`s theme, "Better Air, Better Health!" The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP), and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) issue AQI forecasts and Action Days in coordination with US EPA Regions One and Two. Your National Weather Service disseminates their Air Quality Alerts, which are presented in a gray color on our map on our webpage at www.weather.gov/nyc as well as their daily air quality index forecasts on our webpage at www.weather.gov/okx/airquality. For more information on air quality awareness, visit us on the web at www.weather.gov/safety/airquality. $$

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